Cardiopulmonary Care

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Highly Skilled Cardiopulmonary Care
in Your Home

Our cardiopulmonary services provides patients with therapeutic and diagnostic services in the disciplines of respiratory care and cardiology.  When a loved one is adjusting to life with a heart or lung-related disease, we’re ready to help with one of the best in-home Cardiopulmonary Programs in Texas.  Our Cardiopulmonary Program provides highly skilled nursing care in your home, so your loved one can live a satisfying, productive and healthy lifestyle. We’ll help your loved one cope with his or her disease, with the goal to reduce the need for expensive hospital readmissions.

Each of our team members is specifically trained in cardiac and pulmonary services, so you know your family is getting the best, most advanced home care possible. We provide:

  • Disease-related educational counseling
  • Lifestyle changes, emphasizing diet and exercise
  • Monitored exercise programs, including incentive spirometry
  • Monitored vitals, including heart rate and blood pressure
  • Monitored oxygen saturations
  • Daily self-monitoring/recording of weights and vital signs
  • Preventive therapies: anti-coagulation and DVT prophylaxis

LVAD Care

Patients who receive an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) will require strong support upon returning home from the hospital. Grace Compassion Home Health can help with not only with the hospital transition, but the continuing care and education as well.

Once home, the patient will require regular dressing changes around the driveline exit site (the place in the abdomen where the cable from the pump exits the body to connect with the power source). The patient will also need to carefully follow guidelines for sleeping, bathing, exercising and traveling with an LVAD. Our skilled nursing team can also assist with medication management, as well as nutrition and diet guidelines.

What Is An LVAD?

Some cardiac conditions, including heart failure, require Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) to treat arrhythmias — a condition of heart rhythm problems that occurs when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t function properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that’s surgically implanted. It helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can’t effectively work on its own.

The battery-powered LVAD device is implanted during open heart surgery and replaces the pumping action of the heart. The latest LVAD is smaller, more durable and improves quality of life for patients in multiple ways.

LVAD Benefits:

  • Patients are able to participate in cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Patients may lead more active lives.
  • LVAD may serve as a bridge to heart transplant.
  • Improves blood flow and activity level for patients who are not eligible for transplant.

For more information on cardiac conditions, visit the American Heart Association. To learn more about the benefits of LVAD, click here.